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William N. (Bill) Johnson 1931 - 2012

ELLINWOOD - William N. (Bill) Johnson, 81, died Dec. 19 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Dec. 11, 1931 in Winfield, he was the son of Dee Johnson and Juanita M. Ermey Johnson. On Feb. 19, 1954 he married Joan Hauser in Las Cruces, N.M. She died on Aug. 25, 1991. A long-time resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Ark City, he was a Division Engineer at Marlette Homes and service station manager at Bird Oil Company, both of Great Bend.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Fern Ruth Delaney 1917 - 2012

NESS CITY - Fern Ruth Delaney, 95, died on Dec. 22 at the Ness County Hospital in Ness City. She was born on July 14, 1917 southwest of Bazine.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


If Ever We Needed Christ in Christmas, It Is Now

This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so desperately need to hear at this moment in time.

December 26, 2012 | By Doug Patton | Columnists


Leora Lou Steffen 1931 - 2012

BURDETT- Leora Lou Steffen, 81, left this world on December 23, at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 30, 1931 in Larned, she was the daughter of Eldon S. and Luella Marie Bauer Lynam. On Aug. 13, 1950, she married Cecil Raymond Steffen in Burdett. He died on Aug. 16, 2011. A longtime resident of Burdett, she was a homemaker.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Chosen Wok, 3908 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Marty Steinert with greeters Connie Oetken and Jim Vopat. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.

December 26, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Connie Sue Starks 1962 - 2012

Connie Sue Starks, 50, died Dec. 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 7, 1962 in Hays, she was the daughter of Gene and Beatrice (Southerland) Parks. On June 10, 1984 she married Terry Starks in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Terri Lynn McCord 1958 - 2012

Terri Lynn McCord, 54, died Dec. 23 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1958 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Barbara Donaldson. On Aug. 27, 1976 she married Larry McCord in Salem, Ark. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from Ash Flat, Ark., she was a homemaker and Early Childhood Special Education Para and bus driver for Unified School District #428 in Great Bend.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gun Control Won’t Prevent Tragedy

It's not tougher gun control, stupid.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


Jobless Elf

December 26, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Guns, Guns and Guns

It's only human nature to want to take action after such a harrowing traumatic event. To do something. Anything, to protect our kids. And make sure that Newtown never ever happens again. Here. There. Anywhere.

December 26, 2012 | Raging Moderate, by Will Durst | Columnists


Merry Mayan apocalypse day

HOLLYWOOD - Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


GBHS EV race team featured in state magazine

On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


November report shows continued drop in jobless Rate

TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


NFL rookie QBs on roll

As the guy who drafted Peyton Manning, Bill Polian knows something about quarterbacks.

December 24, 2012 | By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer | AP Sports


Kansas State enters poll; KU ranked No. 6

Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.

December 24, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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Cougars lose in final second at Cloud

Arley Bryant Gymnasium has been the site of some thrilling games between Barton Community College and Cloud County over the years. Several of those high-scoring affairs.

January 30, 2015 | | Community College


Leslie Caron Dazzled Hollywood

Only a handful of actresses danced in feature films with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. One was Leslie Caron.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Thomas | Entertainment


Kansas premiere of new Pride and Prejudice play at Sterling High School

Romance! True Love! And all of the twists and turns of Jane Austen's most popular love story "Pride and Prejudice" will fill the Sterling High School Theatre stage this week. The school's theatre program will present the Kansas premiere of a new adaptation entitled "Pride@Prejudice" at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, in the school's theatre.

January 30, 2015 | | Entertainment


Student printmaking show opens Thursday at Sterling College

The 2015 Student Printmaking Show will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, in the Sterling College Art and Media Center gallery. Students in the interterm class AR140 Introduction to Printmaking will display their work and will also have prints and cards created through a variety of printmaking techniques for sale during the show opening. All money goes to the student who made the work, therefore cash is preferred. Checks will be accepted by some students. Work that is not sold at the show opening will be on display until Feb. 20. The gallery is open to the public ...

January 30, 2015 | | Entertainment


Graduate student’s original play, ‘Dunia, an Ex-Muslin Woman’s Story,’ Jan. 29-31 at Purple Masque T

"Dunia, an Ex-Muslim Woman's Story" is being presented at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday in Kansas State University's Purple Masque Theatre in East Stadium. Admission is free and a talk back will be conducted after each performance.

January 30, 2015 | | Entertainment


On Race, the Left Should Look in the Mirror

Let's be frank; not many people feel comfortable discussing the subject of race.

January 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Technology Vs Privacy: Is Your Home No Longer Your Castle?

When I was a lad, I would sprawl on the floor, reading "Dick Tracy" in the Sunday comics and marveling at high-tech police tools such as magnetic air cars and two-way wrist TVs.

January 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Deflate-Gate Hype

January 30, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Morgan Francis signs with Baker University to play tennis

Baker University head tennis coach Joe Ahmadian has announced the signing of Morgan Francis to play tennis for the Baker Wildcats in Baldwin City. Morgan is a senior at Great Bend High School and the daughter of John and Nancy Francis.

January 30, 2015 | | Local Sports


Governor statements

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Barton women dominate Cloud to end 7-game skid in Concordia

The bus ride home from Concordia has not involved much celebrating. In fact, it had been seven years since the Barton Community College women's basketball team enjoyed the ride back to Great Bend following a win over Cloud County.

January 30, 2015 | | Community College


Central Plains girls reach Hilltop finals

The No. 1 ranked Class 2A Central Plains girls beat league rival St. John 49-36 Thursday to qualify for Friday's championship game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Topeka Seaman defeats Great Bend girls

EMPORIA -- Topeka Seaman avenged last year's Class 5A state tournament loss with a 63-42 victory over Great Bend's girls in the Glacier's Edge Tournament at Emporia.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


High school girls scores

Hilltop Classic

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Kansas bicycle tour accepting registrations

Registration is now open for the 2015 Biking Across Kansas bicycle tour across the State of Kansas. The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history - 500-mile ride across the State - begins on Saturday, June 6. Biking Across Kansas is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route of up to 900 bicyclists, including support staff.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


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